El Chalten and Lake of the Desert

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What To Expect

Travel with us to El Chalten and get wide panoramic views of the Andes range and over patagonian forests, lakes, lagoons and glaciers. Take the famous route 40 from El Chalafate to El Chalten and do not miss the fantastic views of mount Fitz Roy as you admire stunning views of the valley of the De las Vueltas river, Lake of the Desert and the northern face of Mount Fitz Roy form various viewpoints. Enjoy a 4x4 drive heading towards the Lake of the Desert in idyllic scenery.


Tours from El Calafate
Departs From:
El Calafate
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Pick-up in hotels around El Calafate city center
13 hours
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Our day starts at 7:30 AM as we depart from El Calafate and head along the famous Route 40. This iconic highway goes along the Argentino Lake up to the La Leona River. Passing the "Canadon La Leona" we will arrive to the ancient route hotel "La Leona". It is here that we will have a break to coffee and cakes. Once the break is over we will continue along the Lake Viedma, from here we can take in the magical views of glaciers, hidden lakes and the glory that is Mount Fitz Roy. After several stops for photos we will then arrive to Andean village El Chaltan, also known as the "The Capital of the Trekking". As soon as we arrive we will briefly visit the Interpretation Center and then the group will be divided according their chosen option at our base - The Pudu Lodge.

With the Lake of the Desert option we combine a one-hour trek with a 4x4 trip across the valley of De las Vueltas river. Enjoy a wide panoramic view of the Andes range. The course of De Las Vueltas river is often one of the preferred route for condors in their low flight East-West. If you are lucky you will be able to see them closely. From here we will visit the cascades of De Las Vueltas river and the Lake of the Desert, hidden amongst lush forests amid a paradise of ancient trees, glaciers and streams. After which we will trek to the Huemul Lagoon and Glacier (optional) perched on the slopes of Mount Vespignani. The path starts at Lake of the Desert and goes up the left hand side of a stream that is coming down from Huemul Lagoon. It takes about 45 minutes to climb the 2km to the lagoon. On the way we will get some great views of the valley below and Mount Fitz Roy. Then we will return to base at 18.00hrs to meet back up with the group.


  • Roundtrip transportation from El Calafate Hotels

  • English/Spanish speaking guide in the transfers to/from El Chalten

  • Visit of El Chalten Interpretation Center

  • Tour to the valley of the De las Vueltas river and the Lake of the Desert (without guide assistance)

  • Optional self guided hike to Lake and Glacier Huemul

  • Lunch box


  • Personal expenses

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Optional activity costs

  • Meals and drinks (unless specified)

Please Note

  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subjected to cancellation if this minimum is not met. Please call at least 24 hours prior to departure to confirm schedule.

  • Pick up is available to all El Calafate hotels. For hotels not included, please call to confirm an alternate meeting point.

  • Children below 13 years old are not allowed on this tour.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation: 10 days or more prior to start date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 5 to 9 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 4 days or less prior to date of activity.

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